Brigade Enterprises Limited (BOM:532929) Delivered A Better ROE Than The Industry, Here’s Why

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Simply Wall St
Published
June 13, 2018

This analysis is intended to introduce important early concepts to people who are starting to invest and want to better understand how you can grow your money by investing in Brigade Enterprises Limited (BOM:532929).

Brigade Enterprises Limited (BOM:532929) performed in-line with its diversified real estate activities industry on the basis of its ROE – producing a return of5.29% relative to the peer average of 3.88% over the past 12 months. But what is more interesting is whether 532929 can sustain this level of return. This can be measured by looking at the company’s financial leverage. With more debt, 532929 can invest even more and earn more money, thus pushing up its returns. However, ROE only measures returns against equity, not debt. This can be distorted, so let’s take a look at it further. View out our latest analysis for Brigade Enterprises

Breaking down Return on Equity

Firstly, Return on Equity, or ROE, is simply the percentage of last years’ earning against the book value of shareholders’ equity. It essentially shows how much the company can generate in earnings given the amount of equity it has raised. If investors diversify their portfolio by industry, they may want to maximise their return in the Diversified Real Estate Activities sector by investing in the highest returning stock. However, this can be misleading as each firm has different costs of equity and debt levels i.e. the more debt Brigade Enterprises has, the higher ROE is pumped up in the short term, at the expense of long term interest payment burden.

Return on Equity = Net Profit ÷ Shareholders Equity

ROE is measured against cost of equity in order to determine the efficiency of Brigade Enterprises’s equity capital deployed. Its cost of equity is 17.40%. Given a discrepancy of -12.11% between return and cost, this indicated that Brigade Enterprises may be paying more for its capital than what it’s generating in return. ROE can be split up into three useful ratios: net profit margin, asset turnover, and financial leverage. This is called the Dupont Formula:

Dupont Formula

ROE = profit margin × asset turnover × financial leverage

ROE = (annual net profit ÷ sales) × (sales ÷ assets) × (assets ÷ shareholders’ equity)

ROE = annual net profit ÷ shareholders’ equity

BSE:532929 Last Perf June 13th 18

The first component is profit margin, which measures how much of sales is retained after the company pays for all its expenses. The other component, asset turnover, illustrates how much revenue Brigade Enterprises can make from its asset base. Finally, financial leverage will be our main focus today. It shows how much of assets are funded by equity and can show how sustainable the company’s capital structure is. We can assess whether Brigade Enterprises is fuelling ROE by excessively raising debt. Ideally, Brigade Enterprises should have a balanced capital structure, which we can check by looking at the historic debt-to-equity ratio of the company. The ratio currently stands at a balanced 146.50%, meaning Brigade Enterprises has not taken on excessively disproportionate debt to drive its returns. The company is able to produce profit growth without a substantial debt burden.

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Next Steps:

While ROE is a relatively simple calculation, it can be broken down into different ratios, each telling a different story about the strengths and weaknesses of a company. Brigade Enterprises’s ROE is impressive relative to the industry average, though its returns were not strong enough to cover its own cost of equity. ROE is a helpful signal, but it is definitely not sufficient on its own to make an investment decision.

For Brigade Enterprises, there are three relevant aspects you should look at:

  1. Financial Health: Does it have a healthy balance sheet? Take a look at our free balance sheet analysis with six simple checks on key factors like leverage and risk.
  2. Management:Have insiders been ramping up their shares to take advantage of the market's sentiment for Brigade Enterprises's future outlook? Check out our management and board analysis with insights on CEO compensation and governance factors.
  3. Other High-Growth Alternatives : Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of Brigade Enterprises? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large growth potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

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